Health blueprints to be unveiled
TWO vitally important documents that will help shape the future of our health services will finally be published this month.
The two "change programmes" could form the blueprint for healthcare across the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area and the wider South Wales region.
ABM's, called Changing For The Better, looks at seven key service areas: unscheduled care; long-term conditions; care for frail, older people; care of children and young people; maternity and newborns, staying healthy and planned care.
Running in parallel, and overlapping in parts, ABM, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Powys health boards have been working together on the South Wales Programme.
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Discussions here have centred on major injury, major sickness or problems during childbirth.
Both were due to have been unveiled at the end of July. But then it was decided that, as many people who would want to comment might be away, this should be deferred.
ABM will unveil Changing For The Better at a special board meeting sometime during the week starting Monday, September 24.
The exact date has not yet been announced, as the various health boards will hold simultaneous meetings to launch the South Wales Programme.
Both will consist of a series of possible scenarios, which will become the subject of a 12-week "public engagement" exercise likely to start on October 1.
Details of how this exercise will work will be outlined at a normal ABM board meeting on Thursday.
The outcome will then help ABM come up with more detailed proposals later this year. It will be followed by a period of formal consultation, which is expected to start next March.